"Reynolds' objective is a simple one: to demonstrate to the readers that we can create highly creative classrooms while more and more emphasis is being placed on standards, testing and scores...A Call to Creativity is brilliantly written in a relatable way that makes the reader strive to become a more creative teacher." -TESL-EJ (The Electronic Journal for Teaching English as a Second Language)
"For most teachers of English, A CALL TO CREATIVITY will be an infinitely more rewarding book than any ten new titles promising Common Core nirvana. If I lived in the area where Reynolds works, I would wage a fierce battle to place my children in his classes." --Lawrence Baines, Teachers College Record
From the Back Cover
''This book puts wheels on high ideals in a way that can move us toward the kind of education our students deserve and our best teachers desire.''
--Parker J. Palmer
, bestselling author
''This book sounds a hopeful note in the current era of teaching.... It shows us we can still be passionate and practical, creative and collaborative at a time when too many feel it is impossible.''
--From the Foreword by Jim Burke
, author of The English Teacher's Companion
''I can't think of a more important topic or a more inspired treatment of it than this book. I'm not just recommending this book, I can't wait to teach it and use it myself. Bravo, Luke Reynolds! Viva, Creativity!''
--Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
, Boise State University, author of ''You Gotta Be The Book'', Second Edition
''Every chapter in A Call to Creativity
is a real gem! Using humor and his gift as a storyteller, Luke Reynolds shows teachers not only how creativity can be woven through standards-based curricula, but why it is essential to do so.''
, professor emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay, co-editor of Teaching with Vision
''Luke Reynolds provides a purposeful framework to help teachers transform the fundamental elements of contemporary practice into classroom experiences that awaken students' creativity, passion, and energy.''
, professor of education and the program in urban studies, Smith College
"This marvelous new book by Luke Reynolds shows how passionate teaching is lit by soul and vulnerability, knowledge of self on the part of the teacher, and a willingness to explore what can really happen in a classroom if you challenge students to engage their muscular and creative minds.''
, Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), author of Wounded by School